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Marvin's Tip Sheet

"Marvin’s Tip Sheet" is a bi-monthly publication about current productions in the New York City area. It is compiled by Marvin Carlson, the Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Performance, Comparative Literature, and Middle Eastern Studies.

October 15, 2017

The Tectonic theatre’s new project Uncommon Sense, dealing with the phenomenon of autism, will be presented at the Sheen Center Oct. 25th thru Nov. 16th. Nov 11th and 19th are Relaxed Performance, intended to accommodate individual who may not be able to comply with traditional theatre etiquette, and all performances welcome audience members with cognitive or developmental disabilities.  18 Bleecker Street.  Tel. 212-925-2812.
Golden Age Spanish theatre is rarely offered in New York, and the upcoming production of Lope de Vega’s El Caballero de Olmedo by Teatro Circulo may well be the New York premiere.  In Spanish with English supertitles.  Nov. 3rd thru 12th.  64 East 4th St.  Tel. 212-505-1808.
Lincoln Center’s White Lights Festival is coming up, and one especially interesting offering is Layl and Majnun, a Middle Eastern Romeo and Juliet, staged by the Mark Morris Dance Group and Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble Oct. 26th-29th in the Rose Theatre.  Tix. $40-$150.  3 Columbus Circle. Tel. 212-875-5456.
The Wooster Group is presenting a “record Album interpretation of Negro folk material from Texas state prisons, The B-Side, at the Performing Garage Oct. 25th thru Nov. 12th.  Tix $25 to $40.  33 Wooster Street.  Tel. 212-966-3651,  Those of you who have not seen, or who would like to see again the Wooster Group’s moving Early Shaker Spirituals, should get tickets soon, as its revival run is limited (Dec. 7th-17th) and it is very likely to sell out.  Same contact and price info as The B-Side.
A fresh look at one of the West’s great anti-heroes, Billy the Kid, is offered by Charles Cissel’s Must at St. Clement’s Oct. 30th thru Nov. 19th,  Tix $30 with discount code MUESTRA2.  423 West 46 St.  Tel.  212-866-811-4111.
Alakska/Alaska, a mixed media exploration of that state by Ping Chong and Company, is playing at La mama thru Oct. 29th.  Tix $21 student $26 adult.  74A 4th St.  Tel. 866-811-4111.
Ayad Akhtar’s new play, Junk, dealing with financial speculation in the 1980s U.S. is now in previews at Lincoln Center.  Will run thru Jan 7th, 2018.  Tix. $77 to $137, discounted to $59 thru $89 if ordered by Nov. 2nd with code TICKETS.  150 West 65 St.  Tel. 212-947-8844.
The Guerrilla Shakespeare Project and Hunger and Thirst Theatre is presenting a 90 minute reimagining of Shakespeare’s Pericles called Pericles: Born in a Tempest at the West End Theatre Nov. 2nd-18th.  Tix $15 in advance, $18 at door.  263 West 85 St. 
On the 50th anniversary of the Ridiculous Theatrical Company, and 30 years since Charles Ludlam’s death, La Mama is reviving Ludlam’s early masterwork, the 1967 Conquest of the Universe or When Queens Collide Nov. 2nd thru Nov. 19th.  It will be directed by the inimitable Everett Quinton.  Readings, panels and other special events will accompany the performances.  Tix $30, students/seniors $25.  66 East 4th St.  Tel. 212-352-3101.
The Storm Theatre presents The Fight, exploring debates within and around second wave feminism, runs Oct. 26th thru Nov. 18th.  Tix $25.  440 Grand St.  Tel. 212-868-4444.
Kafka and Son, a one-man show devoted to a monumental letter from the author to his father and a standout at the Fringe Festival, will be presented at the Soho Playhouse Oct. 15th-22nd.  Tix $24.           15 Vandam St.  Tel. 212-691-1555. 
An immersive production of Sweeny Todd from London’s Tooting Arts Club, has been imported to the Barrow Street Playhouse, where it will run Oct. 17th thru Feb. 17th, 2018.  Tix $135-$70 discounted to $99-$60 with code SOHOSLAYHOUSE99.  27 Barrow St.  Tel. 212-243-6262
Not sure whether I really need an “immersive theatre” event set in the jungles of Viet Nam during the war, but that’s what 50 East 59 claims to offer in its Occupied Territories, running there Oct. 20th thru Nov. 5th.  Tix $25 first two nights, then $35.  Tel. 212-279-4200.
Richard Nelson’s new play, Illyria, at the Public, deals with the theatre world and the civic world of New York in the late 1950s.  Oct. 22nd thru Dec. 10th.  Tix $75.  425 Lafayette St.  Tel. 212-967-7555.